3 Great Resources for Disability Friendly Home Improvements
By Guest Editor Paul Denikin
Modifying your home to accommodate a disability can range wildly in price. Anything from $200 to $20,000 can be the cost for these improvements. With a range like that, it can be difficult to budget for the necessary modifications. It takes plenty of research to understand what changes you need to make and what you will be paying. If you have a disability and need to make some alterations in your home, here are a few resources you can use to start planning your home improvement.
Disability Home Improvement Grants
Some required improvements can be very expensive, leaving them out of reach for many of the people who need them most. Fortunately, government grants are available to people who need home modifications as a result of their disability.
The term “disability” is not limited to defining someone with a physical disability. If you have a sensory, mental, physical, or intellectual disability, you can qualify for one of these grants. You may not be guaranteed assistance with your modifications, but it certainly does not hurt to apply.
There are also organizations outside the government that offer grants and assistance with disability-centric home modification.
Planning a major renovation always means a lot of budgeting and careful planning. Of course, that can be hard to do without an estimation of your costs. Though specialists in your area can be a great resource for quotes, there are also estimators online that can help you get started. The numbers may not be exact, but it will give you an idea of how much you should be setting aside for your project.
Of course, a quote from a professional is going to be more accurate, but a professional estimate
may cost a bit more.
Lists of Home Improvements
Obviously, the first place you need to start is figuring out what improvements to make. There are a number of home modifications that can make day-to-day life easier depending on your disability and budget. For example, if your mobility is impaired, you may opt for a ramp rather than a stair lift. If you have a multi-level home, you may need a stair lift indoors and a ramp outdoors.
If you experience chronic fatigue, you may require a seat in the shower and lowered kitchen countertops for working while seated. Someone who is visually impaired may only need to make organizational changes or alter the placement of light fixtures in the home. There is no single best way to make a home disability-friendly for all people, as each person’s circumstances are different and needs unique.
It is fairly easy to find a list of potential modifications and suggestions on how to do them. However, it is often best to go over these lists with a specialist who may know from experience which alterations are best.
There are several types of resources out there for people who need to modify their homes to accommodate a disability. Some are just there to give you ideas, some offer grants and financial assistance, and yet others help you figure out what your needs are going to cost. No matter what your disability, it is always a good idea to use the resources you have at your disposal to make your home accessible.